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Friends, family, freedoms top students' gratitude lists

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What are you thankful for?

Sunshine? Snow? Family? A house to live in?

On the brink of the Thanksgiving holiday, Pulse writers asked high school students, "What are you thankful for?"

"I am thankful for my friends, family and school. Friends — because they are so good to me, and I can trust them like I can trust my family. My family — because they are always there for me. They support me with what I like to do. I'm thankful for school because I'm glad I go to a good one. It has a (positive) environment, and there are awesome people there." — Katie Agle, freshman, Timpview High School

"I would say that I am so grateful for everything that I usually take for granted. Everyday things — from my car to having a heater in our house to my family. Everyday things that, when you don't have them, you quickly become grateful for them." — Devan Huish, senior, Lone Peak High School

"I am thankful for freedom, family and education." — Laura Jane Pehrson, junior, Skyline High School

"I am thankful for technology. It would be very hard to do a research paper without the Internet. I'm thankful that I live in a time where it is available to me." — Hannah Lockhart, soph., Utah County Academy of Sciences

"I am so thankful for my family. My family helps me in so many ways. Without them I don't know what I would do. They are such a great support to me; I love them." — Allison Bennett, senior, Timpview

"I'm thankful that I have a country where I can practice whatever religion I want to practice." — Jordan Hall, junior, Lone Peak

"I am thankful for family and friends." — Katie Moisi, junior, Skyline

"What I am grateful for and why: I am really grateful to live in America and for all the freedoms I have here. I am grateful that I can dress, act, think, worship, etc., however and whenever I want to. It is so sad to me that (people in) some countries really don't have this freedom, and it is so easy for me to take my freedom for granted." — Natalie Christensen, senior, Timpview

"Friends. A one-word answer." — Lindsay Shaffer, junior, Lone Peak

"Wow, lots of things! My family, friends, to be able to live in the United States, for all the opportunities we have." — Jena Baker, junior, Lone Peak


Coryn Cope is a senior at Timpview High School, Samantha Tuttle is a junior at Lone Peak High School and Emily Coon is a senior at Skyline High School. All are members of the Deseret Morning News Pulse team of high school writers. If you are a Utah high school student and have a topic you would like to see covered, please e-mail pulse@desnews.com or write to Susan Whitney at the Deseret Morning News.